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Pet-Friendly Pest Resources

Pets and Professional Pest Control

Because your pets are part of your family, you might have some questions when it comes to pest control and safety issues around pest control and pets. As part of our Pet-Friendly Resource Guide, we hope to address the most common concerns we hear from our customers and also offer some ways to protect your four-legged family members from pests, such as fleas and ticks.

Are professional pest control treatments pet-friendly?

At Hulett, the short answer is, yes! Current household pest control materials, designed to be applied at low concentration levels make them effective for insects without posing a threat to people and pets. In fact, our in-home and outdoor flea and tick treatments often contain the same active ingredients used by veterinary clinics that offer flea and tick protection for dogs and cats. Hulett Environmental Services' pet-friendly pest control program is designed to control existing pest issues and helps prevent future issues. Preventing an infestation is often the best "medicine" for ensuring a healthy home.

What preventive and/or protective measures, if any, should we take for our pets before treating our home for pests?

Most important, communication with your pest control professional is key; you should understand the different treatment options available to you, as well as your responsibilities as a homeowner before, during, and after any scheduled treatments. Some preventive measures you can take to protect your pets from future infestations include:

  • Vacuum frequently to help control a flea infestation by removing eggs, larvae, and adults. Along with carpeting, vacuum upholstered furniture and baseboards, as well.
  • Wash bedding where pets sleep and discard any old pet bedding, along with other items that may contain severe levels of infestation. Replace them with new items when necessary.
  • Comb and groom pets frequently, especially around the neck where fleas tend to congregate.

Hulett's pet-friendly treatments for the interior and exterior of your home in conjunction with topical or oral treatments prescribed by your veterinarian will keep you and your pets protected.

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Understanding Fleas and Ticks

Fleas and ticks on your pets, and in your home, are no joking matter. Besides fleas making your pet an itchy, scratching mess, both fleas and ticks spread diseases to pets and people alike. Many South Florida pet owners will tell you that there is almost nothing worse than having fleas and ticks in the home.

Fleas

Although wingless, fleas can jump fast and far. With reddish-brown hard, polished bodies, fleas measure only about 1/16 of an inch. However, they can jump almost 7 feet vertically and 14 inches horizontally. Fleas feed on blood sucked from their hosts, usually your cat or dog. Signs that your pet is suffering from fleas include persistent itching and/or biting themselves and then rolling along the floor to "scratch" themselves. Adult flea feces, consisting of dried blood from your pet host look like black pepper flakes and are usually evident wherever pets sit or sleep. Fleas often "hitch rides" on pets who bring them into the home from the outside. Learn more about fleas.

Ticks

Technically a member of the arachnid family, two groups of ticks exist, hard and soft-bodied ticks. With four pairs of legs and no antennae, ticks range from 1/8 to 5/8 of an inch in size. Hard ticks feed on the blood of mammals (i.e., you and your dog). Ticks commonly live in areas with high levels of humidity, perching at the ends of grass waiting to leap onto a host, such as you or your pets. Ticks carry many diseases, including Canine Tick Paralysis and Lyme disease. When hiking in the woods or tall grassy areas, stay on designated paths, be sure to tuck pants into socks or boots, and stay out of the tall grass. Learn more about ticks.

Preventing Fleas and Ticks at Home

Preventing fleas and ticks from entering your home makes for an itch-free and disease-free South Florida life. Because fleas and ticks are active all year round in South Florida, check your pet’s coats regularly when they come in from the outdoors. Bathe pets after outdoor playtime or contact with other pets. Wash pet bedding, pet toys, and your own bedding regularly. Keep current with your pet’s oral or topical flea and tick prevention to ensure that they do not find their way into your home. Think you've got fleas and ticks in your home? Just call Hulett today!

Home Tick Treatment

When dealing with a home tick treatment, it's best to treat both the dog and the surrounding areas. Ticks are easiest to spot after they've fed on Fido – and it's no coincidence that American Dog Ticks are one of the most common ticks found in South Florida homes. Ticks may grow almost four times their natural size when engorged with blood from you or your pet. Where do you typically find ticks on pets? Anywhere, but ticks tend to move towards your pet’s head, so closely examine the area around your pet's head and ears.

Home Treatment for Dogs and People

As we like to say at Hulett, prevention works a lot better than fighting an infestation. Whether you treat your pets with topical or oral tick treatments, the best way to guard against ticks starts with protecting your pets from ticks. Additionally, wash your pet’s bedding and toys frequently to prevent future infestations and check your pets regularly for ticks. If you find a tick on your pet, use rubber gloves to avoid touching the tick while you remove it with tweezers. Pull straight upward, in order to prevent parts of the tick remaining in your pet's flesh.

Home remedies using essential oils and everyday items, such as apple cider vinegar, are making inroads in the fight against ticks and fleas. Most ticks need about 1-2 days (24-48 hours) before they can transmit infection, so it's very important to also check yourself for ticks after being outdoors. Check hair and skin, all over.

Wear light-colored long pants and long-sleeved shirts when going outside to make dark ticks easy to spot. Opt for closed-toed sneakers or boots instead of flip-flops or sandals. Tuck your pants leg into the top of your boot or sock, in tick prone areas. Don't forget to use bug repellent. Most importantly, if you suspect that a tick has bitten you or if you're experiencing symptoms, such as fever, pain in the joints, or a painful rash, seek medical attention right away.

Yard Treatment

If you suspect that the ticks came from your yard, there are several ways you can prevent them. Cut the grass low and make sure that all weeds are removed. Woodpiles and garbage also attract ticks so keep your yard neat and clean.

If your home has been invaded by fleas or ticks, Just call Hulett!

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